Specialist schools are guided by The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT).
The SSAT seeks to give more young people access to a good secondary education by building networks, sharing practice and supporting schools. The SSAT's way of working is based on the principle 'by schools for schools.'
The SSAT is at the heart of a growing network of schools including primary, secondary, special schools and academies. It represents the largest network of its kind in the world.
The Aim of the SSAT
Our aim is to give practical support to transforming secondary education in England by building and enabling a world-class network of innovative, high-performing secondary schools in partnership with business and the wider community.
The SSAT believe in ‘by schools, for schools’.
By this, we mean:
• making sure that improving student achievement and raising academic standards are at the heart of everything we do
• making sure that head teachers take the lead in directing our work
• involving head teachers and other teaching staff in designing and delivering our programmes, activities, research and development
• inspiring, challenging and motivating head teachers and other teaching staff to raise standards, and to support and challenge one another
• validating and accrediting educational practices and measuring educational outcomes.
SSAT Mission Statement
Mathematics & computing colleges will raise standards of achievement and develop further interest of the specialist subjects across the whole ability range leading to whole school improvement. Mathematics and ICT will improve the quality of teaching and learning in the specialism and develop innovative approaches to the teaching and learning of the specialist subjects. They will have a mathematically rich curriculum that embraces all aspects of school life and will develop and share good practice across the curriculum, particularly through considered use of ICT.
Mathematics & computing colleges will raise the post-16 participation rate in mathematics and computing related subjects through promoting the full range of courses available. Colleges will also provide young people with the skills and appropriate careers guidance needed for students to progress into employment, further training or higher education related to the specialist subjects according to their individual abilities, aptitudes and ambitions.
Mathematics & computing colleges will be active partners in a learning society with their local schools and communities. They will be the lead centre in sharing resources as well as developing and sharing good practice across the whole community. Colleges will also actively engage and work with business and industry to promote the use of mathematics and computing outside of school.